April 29, 2013

EDMONTON - Father Lee Kenyon, the Canadian head of ex-Anglicans who have become Roman Catholic, made his first visit to the Edmonton community April 15.

Kenyon had much to tell the group about his new role as dean of the ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, worshipping in a new way within the Roman Catholic Church.

Our group had undertaken about a year of studying the Evangelium Course before being accepted into the Roman Catholic Church last July.

We had accepted the kind invitation of Pope Benedict XVI in Anglicanorum Coetibus to join the Catholic Church, allowing us to use the Anglican Use liturgy, thus bringing with us our English heritage of music, hymns and language.

The dean celebrated Mass at St. Andrew's Church where our mentor priest, Father David McLeod has been functioning as priest during Father Vic Perron's final illness and subsequently after his death. Kenyon, assisted by McLeod and Bryan Donegan, celebrated the Mass.

Our group usually meets at Assumption Church at 2 p.m. on Sundays but that church was unavailable that day.

Afterwards we met at Chandlers, a local restaurant, in its upper room.

Kenyon, based in Calgary, told us that his church there has grown quickly.

He emphasized that this has never been done before. The ordinariates are new. There are new questions and it is imperative that the right answers are given.

The dean and Msgr. Peter Wilkinson of Victoria are members of the governing council of the ordinariate, which is based in Houston.

Kenyon invited our group to travel to Calgary on May 26 when Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, our ordinary, will visit and celebrate Mass, Evensong and Benediction.